No, this is not a sheep cheese. This variety’s curious name refers to the sheepherders and their sheep that occupied the high mountain ranges from whence this grape came. Pecorino is a high elevation grape which lost favor in the 20th century because of its low yields. But, like us at Uva, there are other people out there who want quality over quantity. That is why Pecorino is one of Italy’s biggest success stories of the 21st century. Once almost extinct, the grape was found in an old vineyard at 3,200 feet above sea level in the early 80s and was slowly replanted. As recent as the year 2000, there were only 200 acres planted in total on the Adriatic coast. Today, thanks to a renaissance in the wine world for traditional varieties and unique regional expressions, Pecorino is now being grown on more than 2500 acres in Italy. It is producers like Bove that have helped keep this grape in existence for us to enjoy and explore today.